Small Hybrid: Prius vs. Volt

Some of the most dominant small hybrid cars that are out there is the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt. Both of which have been getting a lot of attention as to being some of the best small hybrid cars that are out there. But, when it comes down to it, which one is the best? 


Engine Size, Battery and Gas Mileage 


The Toyota Prius is going to have a big 1.8 liter engine that is capable of producing around 134 horsepower. And when combined with the batteries that are installed in the car as well, the person can expect to get around fifty miles or so per gallon, which is amazing considering the price of gas. 


The Chevrolet Volt is using a 1.4 liter, I4 engine that is equipped with a few batteries to give its power. Together, they are going to find that the car gets around 149 horsepower. With gas mileage up to fifty depending upon how the person drives. 


In terms of engine size, battery and gas mileage, they are pretty even. The Volt may have more horsepower, but in the end, they are both offering the same type of gas mileage and overall performance. 


Size and Handling 


The Toyota Prius is a hatchback, thus there is a backseat that people can sit in. However, those that do sit in the back are going to be a bit cramped since it really does not fit two full-size adults that well. In addition, trunk space is limited since the batteries do take up some of the room that could be used for luggage and other items. In terms of handling, the Prius has been giving some major improvements for the third generation of the car, which means people are going to notice that they are going to be able to tell a huge difference in the driving of the car. 


The Chevrolet Volt is also a hatchback that is going to sit four, of course, the backseat is a bit cramped, not very well for adults to sit in for long periods of time. In this respect, the Prius and the Volt are much the same in what they offer those that ride in the car. Handling wise, the Volt is going to drive much as people expect. There is not going to be any noticeable difference when the car switches from battery to gasoline power, which is something that worries most people. One thing that has many people talking is the fact that the brakes are a bit on the touchy side. 




So, which is better? After comparing the two vehicles, it would seem that the only difference between the two is that one is using the technology powered by Toyota, while the Chevrolet is using an all new technology that they have designed. It would seem that in terms of gas mileage, and performance they are basically rating right there together. So which should you buy? It really depends on which brand you are more loyal to in the end.

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